Sunflower Power: Supercharged Energy Balls

Sunflowers symbolize unwavering faith and unconditional love -- exactly what our bodies and skin deserve each day! That’s why it’s so important to fuel your body from the inside out with nutrient-rich ingredients.  As spring sunshine arrives, enjoy this simple, delish recipe for an on-the-go energy boost courtesy of @but_make_it_healthy and her famous Supercharged Sunflower Energy Balls.

Why Sunflower?

Sunflower seeds, extracts and oils are packed with healthy fats and are rich in Vitamins B and E, and selenium, which are great nutrients for helping to boost energy, increase blood flow and dial down inflammation. In fact, a recent Harvard University study found that increased seed consumption—sunflower seeds included — is associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease.  It's for the same reasons we love having sunflower in our proprietary PlantDFNS blend! Rich in vitamins and important fatty acids, sunflower oil helps support a strong skin defense barrier.

So next time you’re ready for an outdoor adventure, make sure to grab your SPF and these easy, portable snack bites for the perfect self care day! 

Supercharged Energy Ball Recipe courtesy of @but_make_it_healthy

Serving size: 10-12 energy balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sunflower butter
  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • Dark chocolate chips

Optional:

  • 1 scoop collagen powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Hemp seeds

Directions

Step 1: Mix sunflower butter, oat flour, oats, and maple syrup into a batter

Step 2: Fold in dark chocolate chunks

Step 3: Roll batter into one inch wide balls and place on parchment paper, evenly spaced out

Step 4: Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove, then drizzle with melted dark chocolate. Place in the refrigerator for an additional 10 minutes or until ready to serve. 

Sunflower Fun Fact: Did you know sunflowers are actually sun trackers? Sunflowers display a behavior called heliotropism. The flower head faces east in the morning and follows the sun as the earth moves during the day.